Ori­oles score 12 runs, earn four-game sweep of Rays

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Ori­oles’ first three bat­ters of the game all reached base safely. Then, Chris Davis cleared them with one swing.

Davis’s first- in­ning grand slam to left field gave Bal­ti­more a four-run lead it never re­lin­quished.

BAL­TI­MORE

The Tampa Bay Rays came within one with three runs in the top of the fifth in­ning, but the Ori­oles man­aged a 12-5 win in front of 38,611 fans Sun­day at Cam­den Yards.

The Ori­oles (45-30) made up for a sub-per­for­mance by start­ing pitcher Tyler Wil­son with 17 hits of their own. Wil­son sur­ren­dered 10 hits, two home runs and all five runs in as many in­nings of work.

“Ev­ery time he gave up a home run, the next pitch he threw a strike. That tells you a lit­tle some­thing,” Bal­ti­more man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “It’s no ac­ci­dent that a ‘W’ is next to his name today, even though he’d tell you it wasn’t one of his bet­ter out­ings.” Wil­son said just that. “I think that today was a great team win. Per­son­ally, it wasn’t a very good per­for­mance on my end. There’s some good things to learn from,” he said. “They put some good swings on some balls, too, and they fought back and saved the game. Ob­vi­ously, I wish I could’ve done a bet­ter job of get­ting that third out and clos­ing out the fifth in­ning.”

Mark Trumbo smacked a tworun home run, his MLB-best 22nd of the sea­son, in the bot­tom of the fifth to grow Bal­ti­more’s lead to three runs. The out­fielder played first base Sun­day as Davis was used as the des­ig­nated hit­ter.

Jonathan Schoop also home­red for the Ori­oles in the third in­ning.

Bal­ti­more added four in­sur­ance runs in the bot­tom of the eighth in­ning be­hind five hits that all came with two outs. The rally be­gan with Adam Jones’s fourth hit in five plate ap­pear­ances and cul­mi­nated with an RBI sin­gle from Trumbo – his third on the af­ter­noon.

Dy­lan Bundy struck out four Rays in three score­less in­nings of relief and Odrisamer De­s­paigne pitched a per­fect ninth in­ning.

“Dy­lan was one of the keys to the game,” Showal­ter said. “I’m re­ally proud of how he’s come on and been a con­trib­u­tor.”

Schoop and Jones ex­tended their hit­ting streak to nine and eight games, re­spec­tively.

The win sealed a se­ries sweep for the Ori­oles, a four-game se­ries played in three days.

“It’s been a chal­leng­ing day. I was think­ing about how phys­i­cally tax­ing it was on th­ese guys the last two days,” Showal­ter said. “To be able to come out and play with that in­ten­sity, that’s real proud for me. That’s hard to do. We played with a lot of en­ergy here the last three days.”

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